ICANN posts proposal to end US oversight of Internet

August 3, 2015
The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) —a nonprofit corporation under contract to the US government—was
The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN)—a nonprofit corporation under contract to the US government—was created in 1998

The overseers of the Internet on Monday published a keenly anticipated proposal to step out from under US oversight.

Under the plan, nonprofit Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) would create a separate legal entity that would be contracted to handle key technical functions of the online address system.

A "Customer Standing Committee" would monitor performance of what would essentially be an ICANN subsidiary, and a review process involving stake-holders would be put in place.

ICANN would remain based in Southern California, and any major structural or operational changes to the foundation of the Internet's addressing system would require approval of the nonprofit organization's board of directors.

The 199 page proposal was posted online at .org, where a note said that a public comment period would end on September 8.

ICANN president Fadi Chehade said last month that the end of the US role is now set for mid-2016, with the transition pushed back by a year to allow time for input from the Internet community and review by the US government and Congress.

ICANN will become an independent entity without US government oversight for the Internet's domain and address system, Chehade said, noting that the transition is likely to take place between July and September 2016.

ICANN will become an independent entity without US government oversight for the Internet's domain and address system,

"We will further empower the community to ensure the accountability of ICANN as an institution," Chehade said in an interview with AFP in Washington.

"By making this independent and neutral we are enhancing the longevity of this model."

Chehade said governments around the world appear to be coming around to accepting the existing "multistakeholder" model that allows for all groups of Internet users and interested parties to participate, instead of a "multilateral" model led by governments.

The US government in March 2014 outlined its plan to step away from its oversight role and fully privatize the functions of ICANN.

Chehade noted that the transition away from US government oversight has been in planning since ICANN—a nonprofit corporation under contract to the US government—was created in 1998.

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NIPSZX
1 / 5 (1) Aug 03, 2015
Sounds to me like the same privatization of prison... If the ICANN is privatized, I am sure the U.S. citizens will suddenly need more security help. But, then again, I am not knowledgeable in this area. I would like to read an article on the differences between private businesses and government businesses. Can they work together? Documentaries say that the privatization of prisons leads to tougher laws to keep people in jail more often. This conspiracy theory might possibly be a myth. Could this turn into the government helping the private companies to get kick backs? Are there any laws to keep the government from working with the private individuals after the companies go private?
Vietvet
not rated yet Aug 03, 2015
ICANN isn't a private business, it is a non-profit foundation.
NIPSZX
not rated yet Aug 06, 2015
Oh, Ok. Thanks, I failed to notice that detail. I wish they had a delete button now. I feel stupid

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